England regain the Ashes with a thumping win over their Arch rivals Australia by defeating them by an innings and 78 runs with remarkable performances from Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Ben Stokes.
Under bowling friendly conditions England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bowl first and it paid dividends as their main strike bowler Stuart Broad ran through the Aussie batting order. The Australian side couldn’t even make a three figure score and ended up getting all out for just 60.
England on the other hand managed the conditions quite easily and Joe Root was the man once again to put England in a commanding position by scoring a magnificent century. Bairstow looked impressive with his 74 while Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad made valuable contributions towards the end of the innings. England ended up making 391 and look a huge lead of 331.
Australia on their second innings looked great after a huge partnership between the opening partners Warner and Rogers before a middle order collapse. After Rogers dismissed for a solid 52, the middle order collapsed miserably with Ben Stokes being the main destroyer picking up five wickets at the end of day two’s play. Australia ended day 2 at stumps with 241/7.
Day three didn’t even last for an hour as England got their work done with a matter of 40 minutes. Mitchell Starc was the first victim followed by Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.
This is Australia’s fourth consecutive series loss in England soil and Michael Clarke has the most number loses as a captain in England turf.
However, Australia can hope to play for some pride at the Oval which begins on August 20th.
Match Summary: Australia 1st Innings: 60 and 253 (David Warner 64, Adam Voges 51*, Ben Stokes 6-36) lost to England 391-9 decl (Joe Root 130, Jonny Bairstow 74, Mitchell Starc: 6-111) by an innings and 78 runs.